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THE WEST VIRGINIA CENTURY FARM PROGRAM

HONORING WEST VIRGINIA’S FARM FAMILIES AND THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF AGRICULTURE
The Free Press WV

The State of West Virginia is indebted to the generations of farm families who have maintained farms throughout the centuries following original agricultural enterprises. A major portion of our current culture, traditions, and values stems from agricultural heritage.

The West Virginia Century Farm Program is designed to recognize those families who have been farming the same tract of land for at least 100 years. Century Farms, Sesquicentennial Farms and Bicentennial Farms will be recognized. A Century Farm is one that has been in continuous operation by the same family for at least 100 years. A Sesquicentennial Farm has been in continuous operation by the same family for at least 150 years, and a Bicentennial Farm has been in continuous operation by the same family for at least 200 years. To honor those families who have continuously farmed the same tracts of land for at least one hundred years, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts has initiated the West Virginia Century Farm Program. To qualify as a Century Farm: (1) The same family must have had ownership (title to the land) for a minimum of 100 years to be designated a Century Farm, 150 years to be designated a Sesquicentennial Farm, or 200 years to be designated a Bicentennial Farm. Leasing or sharecropping does not qualify for ownership. (2) the farm must consist of at least ten acres of the original land holdings, (3) the farm must gross at least $1,000.00 annually from farm products, and (4) a family member must live on the farm or be an integral part of the day-to-day operation of the farm enterprise. Line of ownership from the first family member owning the land may be through wives, husbands, children, brothers, sisters, nephews, or nieces.

Those agricultural operations selected as Century Farms within the West Fork Conservation District will receive an outdoor sign to display on their farm along with a presentation at our annual awards banquet.

Application forms for the West Virginia Century Farm Program are available at the West Fork Conservation District, 87 Ollie Lane, Suite 102, Mount Clare, WV 26408, or may be downloaded at wvca.us in the WVCAD contests & programs link under the education tab. The deadline to submit applications is February 02, 2019.

Please call the WFCD office at 304.627.2160 with any questions.

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